Wednesday, 20 May 2015

How to Eat REAL food- Jade's Life style

Our weekly girls night catch up and brainstorming session was held at my little Bondi pad tonight.

I whipped up my usual quick and easy vegetarian fare and was surprised at how much the girls loved it (since pretty much all of my cooking is just winging it).

We got talking about how tricky it can be to make healthy meals that don't require 100 ingredients and special equipment. Thought I'd share my recipe with you for some inspiration.

Vegetable Frittata 

1/2 cup cubed zucchini
1 cup chopped sweet potato 
2 handful kale
1/2 onion diced
2 cherry tomatoes
(You can use ANY veggies you like- this is just what I happened to have in the fridge)
salt and pepper
4 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup cooked brown rice
1 teaspoon coconut oil

Put brown rice into an ovenproof dish lined with baking paper.

Brown the onion in a fry pan with coconut oil, add the sweet potato and cook until soft then add the kale and zucchini and cook for about 5 minutes or until soft. 

Put prepared vegetables and eggs into the baking dish and mix well with salt and pepper as required. Slice cherry tomatoes and place on top.

Bake in oven at 180C for about 30 minutes or until egg is cooked through.

Kale, Quinoa and Haloumi Salad
2 cups Kale (massaged with olive oil)
1/2 cup quinoa
1 block of haloumi
salt and pepper

Cook quinoa and fry haloumi, combine with kale once cooled and use salt and pepper to taste.
(The olive oil used to soften and massage the kale should be enough so that dressing isn't needed but add extra as required)

For dessert we had date and coconut balls- literally just a few handfuls of semi dried merijool dates whizzed in a food processor for about 30 seconds and then rolled in desiccated coconut. So delicious, my favourite quick, easy and sweet snack!

As I've just proved it's so easy to cook REAL food. It's something I'm very passionate about. My latest inspiration is Eat Real Food by David Gillespie. It's a great read if you want to do some more research into nutrition without trawling through complicated health journals. His writing is light and uses witty analogies to simplify the science behind eating well. Ideal for healthy foodies wanting to delve deeper or as motivation for someone contemplating a diet overhaul.

I hope your friends enjoy this recipe as much as my girls did, I know your body will love it!

Love Jade